"Half of UK carbon emissions are produced by work activity. Workplaces burn energy, consume resources and generate waste and travel." Greening the Workplace, TUC Workplace Manual 2012
On these pages you'll find news, tips and useful information, campaigns and PCS policy on green issues such as climate change, energy, waste and recycling.
We believe that green or sustainable workplaces should also take on board wider issues such as ethical investment, fair trade and workers' rights.
PCS National Executive Committee agrees message of solidarity and support to YouthStrike4Climate 15 March 2019
PCS commends the young people taking to the streets in the UK and across the globe to protest against the lack of government action on climate change, and to ensure their unrepresented voice is heard. Following the lead of Greta Thunberg’s Fridays for Future strikes outside the Swedish parliament, this is an inspired wake up call to politicians that they are failing to safegaurd their futures.
Rather than reprimanding children for walking out of school as prime minister Theresa May has done, we applaud this as active learning which is far more valuable than the business as usual agenda of the current education system. As Thunberg herself has so well articulated, what is the point of studying for a future that may not exist?
The youth climate strikes are a moment of our time just as students rose against the discredited youth training scheme in 1980’s. The slogan then was "Fight for a job; Fight for a Future" but young people today are fighting for the very future of life – their lives - on the planet.
PCS also commends and supports our sisters and brothers in the NEU and UCU unions for standing by the students, and joining the call for a reformed national curriculum making the ecological crisis an educational priority.
The NEC sends solidarity and support for the next global YouthStrike4Climate on Friday 15 March, and we encourage all PCS branches to echo this message and show their support on the day wherever possible.
Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre say no to fracking; yes to climate jobs
PCS, the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) and climate/environmental allies are starting work on a plan for climate jobs as an alternative to fracking.
In the coming months, we will work with trade unionists, academics, campaigners and anyone who wants to get involved in developing the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre climate jobs plan - a plan that gives all workers a pay rise and a real future. Find out more or volunteer to get involved, contact Green@pcs.org.uk.
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PCS is part of a growing movement demanding economic, social, and environmental justice for workers and communities for unionised zero carbon economy.
There are many ways to get involved on climate issues: at the workplace becoming a green rep, raising through trades councils and anti-cuts groups, attending meetings and joining local campaigns.
If you're thinking of becoming a PCS green rep, or you are new to the role, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how the union can support you in your role. This includes putting you in touch with other green reps in your region.
To find out more about PCS's green work and to sign-up to the PCS green e-news bulletin, please email email@example.com.